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Jacob S. Hacker

Predistribution, policies for combating inequalities


Pre-distributive policies can act on the structural causes and prevent the reproduction of inequalities. Pre-distribution implies extensive reforms that regulate the economic market and the labor market, which in themselves can promote a more equitable society. If it is predisposed more fairly a priori, the need for subsequent redistribution is reduced, generating from the first moment more employment, prosperity, social cohesion, and efficiency.


Jacob S. Hacker, Professor of Political Science at the University of Yale (Stanley B. Reso) and Director of Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He is also a board member of The Century Foundation, The Economic Policy Institute, The American Prospect and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network's executive committee and a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows. Expert in health policy and American social policy in transnational perspective, is the author of five books, numerous magazine articles and a wide range of popular writings about American public policy and politics, focusing on health and the economic security.

Hacker is the author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper (Simon & Schuster, 2015); Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, with Paul Pierson (2010, paperback 2011), The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2006, Paperback 2008), The Divided Welfare State: The Battle Over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002), and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton's Plan for Health Security (1997). Co-author with Paul Pierson from Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (2005) and edited three volumes of Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets, and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century (2012).